Like all floods, if you didn't build your house in a flood zone you would not be flooded out. I almost got into a fight with a Texan in I think 1993 over a flood issue in the longstar state.
I was in a diner watching a news broadcast about the Texas flood. The guy being interviewed said the river hadn't been this high in 24 years. That means that 24 years ago the river was this high or higher. When someone asked me if I thought it was right for the government to pay out Disaster Relief time and time again to the same communities. I answered NO. A fellow sitting behind me got up and tapped me on the shoulder. "You're a fine one to talk," he told me. Sitting here in the Tennessee Valley enjoying all the flood controll the Government has given you. Never one at a loss for wise words I asked him if the Federal Government made him the same deal it gave the people in the Tennessee Vally if he would be happy. "I sure will," he answered, "My home back in Texas is under 24 feet of water."
I told him that as soon as the water went down I wanted him to get everything he could save out of his drowned home and get his you know what off the land. "What for", he asked? Because the Federal Government is going to come in and bull doze your house down, build a dam and flood you out permanently. His whole manner changed. "I see what you mean" he said.
This is not the first Super or Perfect Storm to hit the North East. And it won't be the last. If folks didn't insist on living in a flood plain they would not be flooded. Get use to it or get out of the way. Hurricanes are the only SUSTAINABLE thing in nature. If you got one.... you'll get another.
The truth is that no one even knew that Hurricanes were circular storms until the 1780s when one hit New England and a courier for General George Washington's Colonial Army rode through the damaged area and noticed that the trees on the East side of the storm's path fell one way and the those on the West side of the storm fell in another direction.
Here are a few of the past New England Hurricanes: Notice most of the worst occured long before MMGW was even a gleem in the eye of 'al' Al Gore.
For brevity I did not include any hurricanes for the 19th Century or 21st Centuryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_England_hurricanes
August 4, 1609
August 25, 1635- The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 struck Narragansett Bay as a possible category 4 or 5 hurricane. It killed 46+ people.
August 23, 1683- A tropical cyclone hit Connecticut and caused tremendous flooding.
October 29, 1693- Another tropical cyclone struck New England and caused flooding so great that new permanent inlets were created.
October 18, 1703
February 23, 1723
October 8, 1747
September 8, 1769
September 1775August 13, 1778
November 1, 1778
A two-peat in one yearOctober 8–9, 1782
October 18–19, 1782
Only 4 years later another two-peat in the same month this time no less
September 24–25, 1785
August 19, 1788
1904 August - Category 1/extratropical
1916 July - Category 1 -
1924 August - Category 2/3
1927 November 3-4
1934 September — New Haven Conn.
1936 September - Category 1
1938 September - New England Hurricane of 1938 - Strong Category 3. killed over 600 people and is considered to be the worst hurricane to strike New England in modern times.
1944 September- 15 - Great Atlantic Hurricane - Category 3 in southern New England. Eye over Conn. /
1950 September - Hurricane Dog - Major offshore hurricane — largest in size of all Atlantic storms, Very large, intense storm.
1953 September - Hurricane Carol (The first) Category 11954 August - Hurricane Carol - (The Second) Category 3
1954 September - Hurricane Edna - a second Category 3 hurricane in only two weeks.
1959 July — Hurricane Cindy scrapes New England.
1960 September 12–13 - Hurricane Donna - Category 2/3 with peak gust of 140 mph at Blue Hill, Massachusetts,
1961 September - Hurricane Esther - Category 1 hurricane
1962 October - Hurricane Daisy - offshore- hurricane
1963 October - Hurricane Ginny -
1971 - Doria -
1972 - Carrie - as transitioning to extratropical storm
1976 August - Hurricane Belle
1985 September - Hurricane Gloria- Strong Category 1 -1991 August - Hurricane Bob - Category 2. Winds gusted to Category 3 strength in southeastern Massachusetts. One of the smallest in area and yet most intense hurricanes to hit southern New England since 1938
1991 October - Hurricane Grace/Henri - offshore — Wind gusts to 77 mph (124 km/h) over Cape Cod as far west as Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Yes another two-peat.
1992-August 28 The remnants of Hurricane Andrew
1992-September 26 Remnants of Tropical Storm Danielle
1996- July — former Hurricane Bertha -
1996 September - Hurricane Edouard - Category 1
October 8, 1996 – The remnants of Tropical Storm Josephine
July 26, 1997 – Tropical Storm Danny
1999 September 17–18 Hurricane Floyd –
Looks like that Global Warming thing has been going on in New England for a long long time.